US Declares Arming Rebels Means Training; We Already Have Troops On the Ground to Do This

Posted on March 30, 2011

Holding President Obama back from rushing ahead to arm the rebels in Libya is the idea that for the more complicated weapons, training is needed.  We agonize over having boots on the ground.  Well On My Watch has already posted an article about the fact that there are already US boots on the ground:

Islamabad—The United States, Britain and France have sent several hundred “defence advisors” to train and support the anti-Gadhafi forces in oil-rich Eastern Libya where “rebels armed groups” have apparently taken over.

According to an exclusive report confirmed by a Libyan diplomat in the region “the three Western states have landed their “special forces troops in Cyrinacia and are now setting up their bases and training centres” to reinforce the rebel forces who are resisting pro-Qaddafi forces in several adjoining areas.

A Libyan official who requested not to be identified said that the U.S. and British military gurus were sent on February 23 and 24 night through American and French warships and small naval boats off Libyan ports of Benghazi and Tobruk.  [On My Watch]

Followup articles on this have been few and far between.  According to the above confirmed report, the US special forces have set up training facilities.  While some training takes a year or more, still it will be a tough decision.  Is Obama up to it?  He certainly would be up for paying for it.  Now for the hard part for him : making that decision.